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Frequenly Asked Questions

Q. Can an Iraqi Birth Certificate be issued to a child of a non-Iraqi father?
Q. How the foreign marriage certificates / the judgments of divorce can be registered in the Civil Status registers of Iraq?
Q. What are the procedures to provide a citizen with a confirmation over being unmarried?
Q. What is required from the citizen for obtaining a Civil Status ID card lost / damaged substitute?
Q. What are the procedures required prior to a citizen’s request for obtaining Civil Status ID cards for his/her children?
Q. What are the procedures required by a citizen to obtain an Iraqi Nationality Certificate lost / damaged substitute?
Q. What are the required procedures to authenticate a Police Clearance Certificate?
Q. What are the required procedures if a citizen was unable to attend at the Embassy or the Consulate to submit a request for obtaining a Certificate of Life due to illness or disability and his/her r
Q. What are the procedures required from a citizen if he was unable to send its original valid passport, due to damage or lost, for the purpose of obtaining a decision from the Nationality Directorate
Q. What is required from the citizen in the former Rafha Camp in Saudi Arabia, who holds what is called a (Statement of Birth), of Saudi Arabia, which is not a Birth Certificate; as the Saudi birth ce
Q. Who are covered by the exemption from the condition of obtaining a visa to enter Iraq?
Q. Are the Iraq born Foreigners, and their family members, covered by the exemption from the condition of obtaining visas to enter Iraq?
Q. What is the competence of our missions abroad to grant visa without approaching the ministry of foreign affairs?
Q. What is the mechanism of obtaining approvals on granting visas to the Arab and foreigner investors?
Q. What are the instructions for granting group visas for the religious tourism groups?
Q. Can the applications, for granting foreigner workers visas to enter Iraq, be processed?

Q. Can an Iraqi Birth Certificate be issued to a child of a non-Iraqi father?
Ans. The Iraqi Birth certificate only can be issued to a child of an Iraqi father; it may not be issued in the event the child’s father is an Arab or a foreigner.
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Q. How the foreign marriage certificates / the judgments of divorce can be registered in the Civil Status registers of Iraq?
The foreign bodies in the Iraq mission’s territory shall issue marriage certificates / judgments of divorce according to their relevant laws. To register such certificates / judgments in the Civil Status register of Iraq, according to the Law of Civil Status No. 65 for 1972, the following procedures shall be followed:
1-A counterpart of the marriage certificate, authenticated by the Embassy or the General Consulate, shall be sent together with authenticated copies of the Husband’s and the Wife’s Civil Status ID card to the Civil Status department which issued the Husband’s Civil Status ID card in order to record the marriage occurrence and open new separate family page. The divorce occurrence will be registered in the family’s page in the Civil Status register.
2-If the marriage certificate / the judgment of divorce is in a foreign language, it shall be translated to Arabic by a certified translator and authenticated by the notary public and the Embassy.
3-The marriage c
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Q. What are the procedures to provide a citizen with a confirmation over being unmarried?
Ans. The citizen shall submit a Transcript of Record from the Civil Status department, authenticated by the Ministry of Internal and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Authentications, during the period of issuing the confirmation.
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Q. What is required from the citizen for obtaining a Civil Status ID card lost / damaged substitute?
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1-A request to obtain a Civil Status ID card lost / damaged substitute shall be submitted.
2-The application form (available in the Embassy) shall be attached to the request.
3-The form shall be filled by the master of family, mistress of family, record holder, guardian or attorney at law, with their explicit signatures and full names.
4-The Consul shall note down the applicant’s statement on the reverse of the abovementioned form, state the full name of applicant and have his/her thumbprint placed thereon. The statement shall be signed by the Consul (whose name shall be stated in full) and sealed by the consular seal. If the request is for a damaged substitute, the original old ID card shall be attached to the form. If the request is for a lost substitute, the statement shall be noted down on the reverse of the form and a copy of the lost or his/her father’s or brother’s ID card, authenticated by the Embassy as True Copy, shall be attached thereto.
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Q. What are the procedures required prior to a citizen’s request for obtaining Civil Status ID cards for his/her children?
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1-He/she should have registered his/her marriage occurrence with the Civil Status department.
2-He/she should have indicated the birth occurrence of the newborn with the Civil Status department.
3-After realizing the above, a request may be submitted by the citizen to the Embassy for obtaining a Civil Status ID card for his/her child, within the disciplines notified to the Embassy.

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Q. What are the procedures required by a citizen to obtain an Iraqi Nationality Certificate lost / damaged substitute?
1-A request to obtain an Iraqi Nationality Certificate lost / damaged substitute shall be submitted.
2-The application form (available in the Embassy) shall be filled and attached to the request.
3-The Consul shall note down the applicant’s statement on the reverse of the abovementioned form, state the full name of applicant and have his/her thumbprint placed thereon. The statement shall be signed by the Consul and sealed by the consular seal. If the request is for a damaged substitute, the original old Nationality Certificate shall be attached to the form. If the request is for a lost substitute, a copy of the father’s or brother’s Nationality Certificate, authenticated by the Embassy as True Copy, shall be attached.
4-4 recent photos shall be attached to the request.
5-A copy of the applicant’s, father’s and mother’s passport shall be attached, sealed by the consular seal and authenticated by the Consul as True Copy.
6-An amount of 2 USD, representing the cer
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Q. What are the required procedures to authenticate a Police Clearance Certificate?
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1-When a request is submitted to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate from an Embassy or a General Consulate, and the applicant came to Iraq after he/she obtained such certificate, then he/she may have the same authenticated by the Ministry of Internal and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then by the Embassy.
2-If the applicant is abroad, the Ministry of Internal does not authenticate such certificate when issued. In this case, the Embassy or the General Consulate may authenticate the thumbprint of the certificate holder.

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Q. What are the required procedures if a citizen was unable to attend at the Embassy or the Consulate to submit a request for obtaining a Certificate of Life due to illness or disability and his/her r
Ans. In such case, the following procedures shall be followed:
1-A confirmation from the official authorities in the country of residence, showing that he/she is still alive, shall be submitted in the month he wants to obtain the official certificate of life from the Embassy or the General Consulate. The official form of the Certificate of Life, sent to him/her by the Embassy or the General Consulate and published at Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ or the Embassy’s website, shall be filled completely, his/her photo attached thereto and signed by him/her and then attached to the confirmation. It shall be mailed to the Embassy where the Consul shall sign and seal it and state his full name thereon. A counterpart of the Certificate of Life and the competent authorities’ confirmation shall be retained with the certificates of life dossier.

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Q. What are the procedures required from a citizen if he was unable to send its original valid passport, due to damage or lost, for the purpose of obtaining a decision from the Nationality Directorate
Ans. In such case, the following procedures shall be followed:
1-A confirmation issued by the residence authorities and authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of residence, stating that he/she does not hold a passport, shall be submitted.
2-The personal photo shall be sealed by the Embassy’s seal.
3-A written undertaking (according to the form available in the Embassy), pursuant to which he/she shall undertakes that he/she does not hold a passport, shall be submitted.
4-The Directorate of Nationality shall approach the Directorate of Passports to incorporate his/her full name, date and place of birth, mother’s name, Civil Status ID card Register and Pg. Numbers and Iraqi Nationality Certificate number and date, so as not to obtain an Iraqi passport, in addition to other Iraqi documents.

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Q. What is required from the citizen in the former Rafha Camp in Saudi Arabia, who holds what is called a (Statement of Birth), of Saudi Arabia, which is not a Birth Certificate; as the Saudi birth ce
Ans. In this case, the Embassy shall approach the Saudi Embassy through an official letter to authenticate the said document. In the event the Embassy of Saudi refused to authenticate, the ministry of foreign affairs shall be approached about the matter so that it shall be referred to the competent bodies and take the appropriate decision in this respect.
-For the religious marriage contracts, they may be authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country accrediting the Embassy. Thereafter, the Embassy shall authenticate the Seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the mission’s territory.

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Q. Who are covered by the exemption from the condition of obtaining a visa to enter Iraq?
Ans. H.E. Minister of Internal has approved on exempting Arabs and foreigners, of Iraqi origins, who hold foreign passports, from the condition of obtaining a visa to enter Iraq. However, this does not mean to discontinue granting those visas, if they applied for, rather they and their family members shall be granted visas without fees.
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Q. Are the Iraq born Foreigners, and their family members, covered by the exemption from the condition of obtaining visas to enter Iraq?
Ans. H.E. Minister of Internal has approved on granting the Iraq born foreigner, and his/her family members, visas by our missions abroad, without approaching the ministry of foreign affairs, against a fee from only the family members, provided that the Iraq born foreigner should be among the visiting family.
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Q. What is the competence of our missions abroad to grant visa without approaching the ministry of foreign affairs?
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1-Arab and foreigner wives of Iraqis, and their children, shall be directly granted visas to enter Iraq, without fees.
2-Holders of diplomatic, service and private passports, after submitting the letter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country accrediting the mission, considering the Ethic of Reciprocity and notifying the Ceremonies Department after granting visa.
3-Students who study in Iraq after submitting what confirms that they are admitted and continuing studying in Iraq. This covers the students of schools, institutes and universities of only the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
4-The journalists, as the missions shall first call the press agency so that it will perform its roll and notify the Consular Department to authorize it to grant visas.

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Q. What is the mechanism of obtaining approvals on granting visas to the Arab and foreigner investors?
Ans. The Arab and foreigner investors are required to contact the National Investment Commission of the Cabinet Presidency, which e-mail and website are stated, about our circular above. All our missions abroad are required to affix these information on the bulletin board on the frontage of the mission premises for information. The Investment Commission shall obtain the approvals during 72 hours and contact us in this respect to authorize our missions to grant visas.
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Q. What are the instructions for granting group visas for the religious tourism groups?
Ans. The group visa is granted to a group of 10 members or more. Their names shall be arranged in lists (manifests) by the Iraqi tour and travel companies and the companies in the countries requiring to group visitors. The Iraqi receiving company shall contact the tourism board to obtain the approval over granting visas and then approach the Consular Department to authorize our missions abroad to grant visas. This is in normal cases, yet sometimes there are exemptions to be issued in the religious events, where the approval of the Ministry of Internal, over authorizing our missions abroad and the border points to grant visas, is obtained. The validity period of approval shall be for a limited time.
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Q. Can the applications, for granting foreigner workers visas to enter Iraq, be processed?
Ans. This applications for granting foreigner workers visas to enter Iraq are to be stopped, except for housekeepers.
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